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About Acupuncture

Conditions

Many conditions respond well to acupuncture care, because it assists the body in healing therefore improving pain and function. In our experience, acupuncture is helpful in addressing the following conditions:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Anxiety (learn more)
  • Breech Baby
  • Bursitis of hip
  • Bursitis of shoulder
  • Carpal Tunnel pain
  • Chemotherapy Support
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Ear ringing
  • Endometriosis
  • Fatigue
  • Fibroid
  • Foot cramps
  • Foot pain
  • Genital pain
  • Heel pain
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip pain
  • Hot Flashes
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Knee pain
  • Labor Induction
  • Leg pain
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Morning sickness
  • Muscle spasm
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck Pain
  • Painful periods
  • Painful pregnancy
  • PCOS
  • Pelvic pain
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Post-surgical pain and swelling
  • Radiation Support
  • Reproductive health
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spine pain
  • Tailbone pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Toe pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Urinary Urgency
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vaginal pain
  • Women’s health

Procedures

There are many styles and approaches to acupuncture.  All of them can be effective when practiced by an experienced and well trained practitioner.  In all of them, sterile, single-use, fine gauge disposable needles are inserted into discrete places on the body surface.  Location of needles depends on the style being used, and the problem being treated. Needles do not have to be placed in the part of the body where the pain is located. Often we use needles in areas you would not expect, such as the ears or the opposite end of the body. For example, it is common to use points on hands and feet to treat headaches.

In our clinic we focus on electroacupuncture and Japanese acupuncture, which are gentle and effective.  We also use ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy, because it is fast and effective.  We integrate elements of Traditional Chinese acupuncture, research-based electroacupuncture, Master Tung’s style, Korean acupuncture, Five element acupuncture, meridian therapy, anatomical acupuncture, trigger point needling, motor point needling, dry needling, and cupping – when appropriate.

Dry Needling

Yes, dry needling is acupuncture, and acupuncture can be dry needling if we are using the needle to treat a trigger point.

Both involve the insertion of acupuncture needles into the body for the alleviation of pain and restoration of proper function. However, Acupuncture is a more comprehensive form of treatment. The Dry Needling that is practiced by Physical Therapists only treats the problem with local methods by putting the needle where your pain is. Acupuncture goes further, addressing the underlying problems of the body which have resulted in the pain. We are proud to use our understanding of the acupuncture channel system to deal with the large scale issues that usually exist before the trigger point develops. Acupuncturists bring extensive understanding of the use of needles to improve health, far beyond what physical therapists do. Acupuncture, when done well, can address many health disturbances in addition to your pain. We like that so many things can improve all together with our treatment.

In some states, Dry needling is beginning to be restricted to use by Licensed Acupuncturists only.

Results

Some conditions respond quickly with acupuncture, such as sprains and strains. Younger healthier people respond faster than older folks with more complex health problems. Some problems are more challenging to help, such as respiratory or dermatological conditions and chronic illnesses.  People on fewer medications do better with acupuncture, while people on many medications have a poorer response. People with excellent diet, activity, and sleep behaviors do better than those without. 

Please explore the Q&A page we’ve provided to learn more about the specifics of acupuncture.